2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference October 20-23, 2014 in Atlanta, GA

ics_cybersecurityAs the longest-running cyber security-focused conference for the industrial control systems sector, the 2014 ICS Conference will cater to the energy, utility, chemical, transportation, manufacturing, and other industrial and critical infrastructure organizations. The conference will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.

The 2014 ICS Cyber Security Conference will address the myriad cyber threats facing operators of ICS around the world, and will address topics covering ICSs, including protection for SCADA systems, plant control systems, engineering workstations, substation equipment, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other field control system devices.

Bigger and better than ever before, select sessions of interest in the 2014 ISC Conference will include:

* A summary and status of the two utilities performing Aurora hardware mitigation projects in conjunction with the Department of Defense
* A summary and status of the two utility ICS cyber security test beds (the equipment is the same as in water, oil/gas, pipelines, chemicals, etc.
* A summary and status of the Department of Defense ICS cyber security test bed
* A summary of the recovery and remediation actions from one the most significant ICS cyber incidents to date – complete loss of DCS logic with plants at power
* A summary of Project Shine findings
Discussions of recent non-North American ICS cyber incidents
* Immerse yourself in the reality of managing a plant under cyber-attack: Play KIPS, the Kaspersky Industrial Protection Simulation

Online Registration!

Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) – 2015 Funding Opportunity Announcement

DOE1The Building Technologies Office (BTO)’s Emerging Technologies Program has announced the availability of nearly $8 million under the Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers and Innovations Technologies (BENEFIT) Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) DE-FOA-0001166. This FOA combines an early-stage research and development topic (Innovations) with a later-stage research and development topic (Frontiers) that complements the core funding provided to the national labs. The FOA allows all interested parties, including corporations, universities, and non-profits as well as the national labs, to contribute to advancement in two of these core technological areas: non-vapor compression HVAC technologies and advanced vapor compression HVAC technologies. It is anticipated that six awards will be made and range from $500,000 to $1.5 million

Applications for this funding opportunity are open under the following topics:

INNOVATIONS: Non-vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – This topic includes developing approaches and technologies for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) that replace vapor compression technologies, which are currently the dominant HVAC technologies due to their scalability, relatively compact size, high reliability, and other attributes. However, vapor compression technologies make use of conventional refrigerants. This research topic seeks to explore long-term non-vapor compression solutions that result in HVAC equipment that does not use refrigerants. Solutions for both natural gas and for electric HVAC equipment are of interest.

FRONTIERS: Advanced Vapor Compression HVAC Technologies – Regional HVAC solutions offer significant energy saving potential for new construction and the existing building stock. Today’s vapor compression equipment has limited cooling control. This topic seeks to develop equipment optimized for specific environments and that can provide dramatic improvements in energy efficiency with modest increases to equipment costs. Because the building stock increases by only a few percent annually, concepts which are applicable only to new construction will have limited energy savings potential. Therefore, concepts that are applicable to both new construction and retrofits of existing buildings are particularly encouraged.

HOW TO APPLY: This funding opportunity is open to individuals, corporations, universities, non-profits, as well as national labs. The final funding amount is subject to congressional appropriations.

Project Haystack Announces Haystack Connect 2015 Conference

Project HaystackThis is THE EVENT that Connects Community and Ecosystem — Driving Smart Data, Smart Devices, Smart Buildings and Smart Business!

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO –October, 14, 2015 Project Haystack, a non-profit, 501C organization focused on developing common standards to streamline the interchange of data among today’s smart devices announced the dates and venue for the Haystack Connect 2015 conference.

Taking place May 18-May 20, 2015 at the Cheyenne Mountain Resort in Colorado Springs Colorado, Haystack Connect 2015 is an open forum conference where the community of leading technology suppliers, systems integrators and forward looking end users come together to advance the state of the art in managing, presenting and analyzing the vast amount of data generated by today’s smart devices and equipment systems.

Haystack Connect provides a unique venue for professionals involved in automation, control and the Internet of Things to come together to learn and share the latest techniques for connecting systems and utilizing device data in applications including intelligent buildings, energy management, remote monitoring, and other smart-device applications. Session topics will include data acquisition, communications, protocol translation, data visualization, analytics and methods to effectively bring data together for improved systems and equipment performance.

What Is Project Haystack? The devices that make up the Internet of Things – automation systems, metering systems, sensors and smart devices – produce tremendous amounts of data. This data is very hard to organize and use across different applications because it is stored in several different formats; has inconsistent naming conventions and very limited data descriptors. In essence it lacks information to describe the meaning of the data. And without meaning a time-consuming manual effort is required before value creation can begin.

Taking cues from other data intensive applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Google and others who utilize tags and semantic data models, the work developed by the Project-Haystack community addresses this challenge by defining and easy to use methodology to describe the meaning of data. This enables software applications to automatically consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems.

Project Haystack is an open, flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard for today’s common equipment systems and devices that makes it easy and simple for software applications to consume, analyze and present data from devices and equipment systems in the same way and with the same meaning.

Since its formation in March of 2011, Project-Haystack.org has grown tremendously providing the industry with an open-source, collaborative environment where people and organizations work together to address the challenge of utilizing semantic modeling (also known as tagging) to streamline the interchange of data among software applications. The community has developed a flexible, extensible, data modeling approach and standard models for common equipment systems. The standard includes detailed documentation describing the data modeling techniques, significant libraries of equipment models, and software reference implementations to easily enable software applications to consume smart device data that is “marked up” with Project-Haystack data descriptions. More information on Project-Haystack can be found at: www.project-haystack.org.

About Haystack Connect 2015: Connecting Companies, Communities and People who are re-defining smart and connected systems, Haystack Connect 2015 is the event that brings together the systems integrators, technology suppliers and customers who are leading the way to more efficient and sustainable buildings and advanced smart-device applications. Haystack Connect is a unique “open forum” conference organized and sponsored by the community, for the community.

Contacts:

John Petze
Project Haystack, Executive Director
Principal, SkyFoundry
john@skyfoundry.com

Marc Petock
Project Haystack, Secretary
Lynxspring, Inc. Vice President, Marketing
marc.petock@lynxspring.com

Realcomm’s Jim Young asks Cisco’s Rick Huijbregts, “Are You Back?”

Cisco’s venture into the building space with the Mediator came and went — leaving a lot of unanswered questions behind. In response to Jim Young’s first question, “Is Cisco Back?” Rick Huijbregts, VP, Industry Transformation and General Manager, IoE Smart + Connected Communities at Cisco Canada, answers, “Yes,” and that “Cisco is here to stay,” as he reviewed Cisco’s past, present, and future positions — and reminded everybody that Cisco enters billion dollar opportunities quickly, as they did in the telephony, video, and data center markets. Cisco has the option to make, buy, or partner their way into the smart connected building market, and in this instance, Cisco has chosen to partner with companies like Honeywell, Johnson Controls, Schneider, Rockwell, and Intel. Cisco sees tremendous opportunities in the IoE, with particular focus in the IoT and cloud services, and has created four IoE Centers of Excellence to accelerate the co-creation of future real estate and smart communities advancements.

BELIMO Americas — Communication Update!

BelimoBELIMO Americas’ headquarters has moved to its new facility located at 33 Turner Road, Danbury, Connecticut. The move has gone as planned and we are fully operational again.

We have some order backlogs due to the move and have ramped up our capacity working two full shifts to catch up. While normally our lead-times are only between 2 and 3 days, these backlogs may extend your lead times by up to 5 days. We expect to have the back log cleared by November 3, 2014.

We apologize for the inconvenient situation and ask you to contact Marialisa Aversano, Customer Service Manager if you are in a situation where you require your order as fast as possible. She will work through on expediting your shipment(s).

Belimo truly appreciates your continued business and support!

Where is Google Nest Going? Google Invests $145 Million in 82-MW SunEdison Project! Funds Over $1.5 Billion in Renewable Energy in Three Continents!

GoogleGoogle Invests $145 Million in 82-MW SunEdison Project. SunEdison and TerraForm Power announced that Google will provide $145 million in equity financing for the Regulus photovoltaic (PV) power plant located in Kern County, California. The 82-megawatt plant will begin operation later in 2014 and will supply power to Southern California Edison through a 20-year power purchase agreement. TerraForm Power will own the power plant that SunEdison developed, designed, and executed the structured financing for. The plant is being constructed on an abandoned gas and oil field and will be comprised of over 248,000 SunEdison mono-crystalline solar PV modules. Once operational, the plant is expected to produce enough energy to power over 10,000 homes, with CO2 reductions equivalent to not burning 125 million pounds of coal annually.

Additionally, Google has signed agreements to fund over $1.5 billion in renewable energy investments across three continents with a total planned capacity of more than 2.5 gigawatts. The investment in the Regulus plant represents the 17th renewable energy investment project for Google.

Source: The Green Power Network (GPN) provides news and information on green power markets and related activities. The site provides up-to-date information on green power providers, product offerings, consumer protection issues, and policies affecting green power markets. It also includes a reference library of relevant papers, articles and reports. The Green Power Network is operated and maintained by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Automated Buildings’ October Release: Auomated Diagnostics & Analytics

automatedbuildingsAutomated Diagnostics & Analytics: We were looking for a theme for our October issue and we polled the industry about articles featuring occupant productivity and how our industry has an amazing interaction with productivity within a building. Although all agreed that this was very true and a very powerful relationship, the general feeling was we need to keep working on how to shape occupant productivity into a real measured variable for our industry before we can include it in our ROI payback calculation. It was also noted that we need to educate the “C” suite about the important connections between our industry and employee productivity.

But then October’s theme arrived at the door, with a knock, and the delivery of a very large book called Automated Diagnostics & Analytics for Buildings that Barney and Mike had asked me to write a foreword for. Later in the day with Jim Lee’s article Predictive Maintenance came this request to give the same book a plug as he had also written a chapter. Pushing the Envelope Building Analytics beyond HVAC – Jim Sinopoli PE is another chapter.

Plus Toby’s column makes reference to his chapter in the book as well Autonomous Systems and Cloud Diagnostics.
A quick check of the table of contents indicates the collaboration of several other AutomatedBuildings.com authors. A review of the other new articles for October confirmed that this was a good theme. Plus how better to start building bridges to the “C” suite than with Automated Diagnostics & Analytics and the dream that in the future this will include the analytics of the measured variable of people productivity which is likely to somehow fall out of social media analytics.

I am extremely pleased that our magazine is a gathering and staging ground for paper publications and historical books such as this. There have been many other books in the past see our education page for linkage.

Thanks for the focus Barney and Mike for our October issue; another great themed issue with some new thoughts which rapidly evolved.

It also came to our attention that some folks were missing another valuable service, in addition to our monthly magazine, we continuously supply a stream of industry news in the form of our RSS feed. To help overcome this we have inserted a link under our site search box.

Blue Ridge TechnologiesAs always this new issue is a nest of great articles, columns, reviews, new products, interviews and of course the steady stream of news depicting our rapidly evolution and journey to “Open Automated Diagnostics & Analytics”

Tell all our sponsors you saw their ads on the AutomatedBuildings.com web site and thank them for supporting your free access to evolving Automated Building Industry information. Click on their ads and view their valuable products and services. Please review all Our Sponsors.

The news just keeps flowing thru our web site and RSS feeds daily, and of course the only way to truly find what you are looking for in the vast quantity of information on our site is with our site search engine http://www.automatedbuildings.com/search/sitesearch.htm

As always lots of new products, plus be sure to check our event calendar to see the number of events we have in our future.

Editorial from September 2014

Tonight is Canada Night at the ASIS 2014, Atlanta’s Georgia World Congress Center

ASIS_CAN_2 As a precursor to the show, iViewSYSTEMS invites you to drop by the ASIS CANADA NIGHT on Sunday, September 28th to kick off the show, or visit us at booth #2023 to see how we can help you better protect your people, business and assets with embedded technologies security management solutions for: Incident Reporting & Risk management, Visitor management, Identification Solutions and Compliance & Reporting.

ASIS_INT_CANJoin ASIS in Atlanta, Georgia, September 29–October 2, 2014 for our ASIS International 60th Annual Seminar and Exhibits– the world’s most influential security event.Your Free Invitation to the ASIS 2014 Show: See tomorrow’s technology innovations, gain new intelligence, and rub elbows with the industry’s best and brightest. This year’s event has so much to offer — what are you waiting for?

Security decision makers gather here to find: Thousands of solutions, Top notch education, Unsurpassed networking, and Connections that matter. Register in advance to get your complimentary Exhibit Hall pass to discover the hottest technologies, new products, and must-have services from leading suppliers. Your three-day exhibits pass includes: Welcome Reception, Opening Ceremony, Keynote Sessions, Career Pavilion, Poster Sessions, and Tech Talks.

Automated Diagnostics & Analytics for Buildings by Barney L. Capehart and Michael R. Brambley

AD&A Authors Barney L. Capehart, PhD, CEM Professor Emeritus University of Florida and Michael R. Brambley, Staff Scientist in Energy Technology Development at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have produced an HVAC Opus Magnus that will serve the entire spectrum of building and automation experts well — now, and for many years to come. Whether you’re a systems integrator, BAS or BMS Consultant, manufacturer or vendor, engineer, Director of Facilities or maintenance manager, this smart building tome (textbook) provides not only vital insight, methodologies, and options, but the compelling documentation that warrants immediate action.

Foreword: By Ken Sinclair Publisher/Owner, AutomatedBuildings. This book will help you explore the new world of Automated Diagnostics and Analytics for Buildings and provide insight and connection into the industry thought leaders that are taking big data into a new reality. “Dynamic Data Fuels Deep Analytics” speaks to the importance of the next level of deep analytics of almost everything will have and how we as an industry will provide a new level of deeper analytics connecting inquiring minds to almost everything with low cost real time data.

Introduction: The purpose of this book is to promote and document energy savings from the relatively new technology of Advanced Energy Information Systems called Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics (AFDD) and Analytics for buildings and facilities. A number of studies have shown that commercial buildings in the United States (U.S.) waste as much as 15% to 30% of the energy they use (Katipamula and Brambley 2005). Analysis of HVAC and other building energy use data, along with whole-building utility data, sub-metered end-use data, and data from the building automation system (BAS) through the use of AFDD and building analytics can help identify opportunities to improve building operations and efficiency, and ultimately reduce energy and operating costs.

We will discuss the latest technologies available for fault detection, diagnostics, and building analytics, and operational experience with stand alone and web based systems for fault detection, diagnostics and analytics in currently operating buildings and facilities, and in varied applications, and to show how new opportunities have developed for energy and facility managers to quickly and effectively control and manage their operations more efficiently, with less energy use and cost, and experience improved energy system performance. You’ll find information on what is actually available using this technology, what products and services are available at this time, and how they are being used at other buildings and facilities, and see what is involved for current and future installations of internet-based technologies. The material in this book on automated fault detection, diagnostics and analytics should greatly assist energy, facility and maintenance managers, as well as consultants and control systems development engineers. Chapters on methodology and future technological features should also assist those involved in research and development of these new technologies in AFDD and analytics for buildings.

Table of Contents

The Case for Automated Tools for Facility Management and Operation

Introduction

Energy-Smart Buildings Demonstrating How Information Technology Can Cut Energy Use and Costs of Real Estate Portfolios

Perspective on Building Analytics Adoption

Delivering Successful Results from Automated Diagnostics Solutions

Intelligent Efficiency: Opportunities, Barriers, and Solutions

Current Technology, Tools, Products, Services, and Applications

Automated Diagnostics

Enabling Efficient Building Energy Management through Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics

A Practical, Proven Approach to Energy Intelligence, Measurement, and Management

Di-BOSS: Research, Development & Deployment of the World’s First Digital Building Operating System

Analytics, Alarms, Analysis, Fault Detection and Diagnostics

Using Custom Programs to Enhance Building Diagnostics and Energy Savings

88 Acres-How Microsoft Quietly Built the City of the Future

Improving Airport Energy Efficiency through Continuous Commissioning® Process Implementation at Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport

ECAM+ A Tool for Analyzing Building Data to Improve and Track Performance

Outside The Box: Integrating People & Controls To Create a Unique Energy Management Program-A Caltech Case Study
Value Proposition of FDD Solutions

FDD: How High Are the Market Barriers to Entry?

Diagnostics for Monitoring-based Commissioning

Methodology and Future Technology

Model-based Real-time Whole Building Energy Performance Monitoring and Diagnostics

Advanced Methods for Whole Building Energy Analysis

Identification of Energy Efficiency Opportunities Through Building Data Analysis and Achieving Energy Savings through Improved Controls

High-resolution Data Collection for Automated Fault Diagnostics Motivation

Localized Uncertainty Quantification for Baseline Building Energy Modeling.

Pushing the Envelope Building Analytics beyond HVAC

Data to Information for Intelligent Buildings

The 12 Things You Need to Know about Monitoring-Based Commissioning (MBCx)

Application of Automated Price and Demand Response for Large Customers in New York

Understanding Microgrids as the Essential Architecture of Smart Energy

Power Monitoring Solutions through Contextual Data

Current Technology, Tools, Products, Services, and Applications

Battling Entropy In Commercial Rooftop HVAC Systems with Advanced Fault Detection and Diagnostics

C1ockworks™ Automated HVAC Diagnostics and the Evolution of AFDD Tools

Automated Diagnostics—To Pick the Low Hanging Fruits In Energy Efficiency In Air Conditioning and Heat Pump Systems

Implementing Advanced Diagnostics In Fleets of Commercial HVAC Equipment

Energy Savings Benefits of FDD Systems for Light Commercial Unitary HVAC Equipment

AFDD for HVAC Systems and Equipment—Methodology and Future Technology

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for HVAC&R Equipment

Automatically Detecting Faulty Regulation in HVAC Controls

AHU AFDD

Methodology for Evaluating FDD Protocols Applied to Unitary Systems

Self-correcting HVAC Controls: They May be in Your Future Sooner than You Think

A Framework to Apply a Structural Pattern Recognition Technique in Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics of
HVAC System and Component Faults

Fault Detection and Diagnostics for Rooftop Units: Standards are Key to Making it in the Market

Building Automation System Embedded HVAC System Energy Performance Degradation Detector

Predictive Maintenance

What’s Going on in the Trenches with Smart Buildings, Monitoring Based Commissioning, Automated Fault Detection and
Diagnostics and Energy Regulatory Policy? What Does the Future Hold, When Does it Arrive?

Automated Diagnostics and Analytics for Wastewater Treatment Plants and Water Distribution Facilities

Conclusion and Author Bios

From the web sites that you can order the book from:

http://www.fairmontpress.com/store/cbrandindex.cfm?ID=1

http://www.crcpress.com/product/isbn/9781498706117

Johnson Controls Sees Smart Buildings as the Future for Smart Cities in India

Johnson-Controls JCI Media Center: Building Technology & Services expert shares insights on smart buildings at the 12th India Green Building Congress. INDIA – September 05, 2014 – Johnson Controls, a global multi-industrial company, will present the importance of smart buildings in helping India achieve its goal of creating smart cities – cities that are highly advanced in terms of overall infrastructure, sustainable real estate, integrated communications and technology, energy management and governance – at the 12th India Green Building Congress 2014 (IGBC). Dennis Kelsey, director, Building Technology & Services, Asia, Johnson Controls, will share how smart buildings are vital to supporting the government’s ‘100 smart cities’ project announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in July.

The IGBC event, held in Hyderabad from 4 to 6 September 2014, focuses on advancing India’s green building movement. According to a UN forecast, 66 per cent of the global population will live in urban areas by 2050, and India is projected to add 404 million urban dwellers. Approximately 500 new cities will need to be built across the country to accommodate the influx of new urban migrants.